High Cost

Funds

ACAM

Total Funding: $578M annually
Start Date: January 2017
Fund Length: 10 years
Supported Service: Voice and broadband infrastructure

The Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) provides support to rate-of-return carriers that voluntarily elected to transition to a new cost model for calculating High Cost funding. ACAM models forward-looking economic costs of deploying and operating a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network. Learn more.

 

Service Requirements

Carriers who elected this option will have the certainty of receiving specific and predictable monthly support amounts over the 10 year support term (2017-2026). Those that elected model support must maintain voice and existing broadband service and offer at least 10/1 Mbps to all locations fully funded by the model. They must also offer at least 25/3 Mbps to a certain percentage of those locations by the end of the support term.

In addition, carriers must also offer at least 4/1 Mbps to a certain percentage of capped locations by the end of the support term, and provide broadband upon reasonable request to the remainder.

Deployment Requirements

Carriers must offer at least one voice and one broadband service commercially. These services must meet the relevant service requirements and go to the required number of locations.

Carriers must complete:

  • 40% of deployments by the end of year 4
  • 50% of deployments by the end of year 5
  • 60% of deployments by the end of year 6
  • 70% of deployments by the end of year 7
  • 80% of deployments by the end of year 8
  • 90% of deployments by the end of year 9
  • 100% of deployments by the end of year 10

Annual Filing Requirements

Carriers receiving ACAM support must also complete the following filing and certification requirements annually:

  • March 1: Submit the geocoded locations where you have newly deployed facilities capable of delivering broadband that meets or exceeds the defined speed tiers in the previous year. Submit Locations in the HUBB.
  • July 1: Certify your data by filing FCC Form 481 (Carrier Data Annual Collection Form). File Online
  • October 1: Certify you have used High Cost funding correctly per program rules. Most carriers are certified by their states. But, if your company is not subject to state jurisdiction, you must file yourself. Learn more.

Related Orders

Rate-of-Return Reform Order (FCC 16-33) – Order adopting voluntary path to model based support for rate-of-return carriers (ACAM)

Public Notice (DA 16-1246) – Notice announcing the results of the rate-of-return carriers that accepted the initial offer of model support

ACAM Order (FCC 16-178) – adopted measures to address the significant demand for Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) support

Public Notice (DA 16-1422) – Notice announcing the first authorizations of support and revised offers

Public Notice (DA 17-99) – Notice announcing second authorizations of support